The “How-to” for Successful Transition for Students with Mental Health Issues into Adulthood

March 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 03:30 PM
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The “How-to” for Successful Transition for Students with Mental Health Issues into Adulthood
*This is a one (1) day event – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Audience: Grades 6-12: General and Special Education Teachers and Administrators, Transition Specialists, and Student Support Services Professionals

Presenter: Amanda Pickett and Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultants

Description: “Successful transition from adolescence to young adulthood can be difficult for even the most academically, emotionally stable and social adept youth.” – Douglas Cheney, Transition of Secondary Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders: Current Approaches for Positive Outcomes, 2nd Edition, 2010

Youth with emotional disturbance in secondary schools had the highest percentage (44.8%) of negative consequences for their actions (i.e., were suspended, expelled, fired, or arrested) of any disability group in the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Many become adults with serious mental illness, who have the highest unemployment rate of any group of people with disabilities (President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health). To help break this pattern and build a path to success, students need support to maintain positive relationships by developing skills they will need in the future.

During this professional learning session, participants will utilize case studies involving students with behavior and mental health needs to create strategies that will assist students in managing the various aspects of the secondary transition planning process. Through this review, participants will build their capacity to support students’ self-determination, time management/organization, choice making, problem solving, self-advocacy, and goal-setting skills.

For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or

For content questions, please contact Missy Wrigley, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 397 or